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11 die in Labor Day weekend crashes across Virginia

State police investigated a total 684 traffic crashes during the holiday weekend

RICHMOND, Va. – Nine deadly crashes across Virginia claimed the lives of 11 people this Labor Day weekend, according to Virginia State Police.

Motorcycles were involved in three of the nine fatal traffic crashes. 

The crashes occurred in the counties of Albemarle, Franklin, Goochland, Prince George, Prince William, Richmond, Spotsylvania and Wise. Prince William County had two separate fatal crashes occur over the Labor Day weekend. Prince William and Franklin counties each had one traffic crash that resulted in two deaths.

Here's a closer look at the nine crashes:

  • Albemarle County
    • Police say Eric Ball, 32, of Greene, Virginia, died in the Friday night crash
  • Franklin County
    • Police say Jesse Stapleton, 25, of Rocky Mount, Virginia and his passenger, 19-year-old Rodney Craighead, of Lynchburg, Virginia, died in a motorcycle crash Sunday night
  • Goochland County
    • Police say Brandon Dorns, 22, of Alexandria, Virginia, died in the Saturday morning crash on Interstate 64.
  • Prince George County
    • Police say Daniel Cubbage, 34, of Powhatan, Virginia died in the early Saturday morning crash.
  • Prince William County
  • Richmond
  • Spotsylvania County
    • Police say 61-year-old Nelson Bowles, of Fredericksburg, Virginia, died in the Monday afternoon crash.
  • Wise County
    • Police say 20-year-old Hunter Culbertson, of Wise, Virginia, died in Sunday's motorcycle crash.

State police investigated a total 684 traffic crashes during the holiday weekend.

"Despite our enforcement and outreach efforts in advance of the Labor Day weekend, Virginia still had 11 men and women killed in traffic crashes on our highways," said Col. Gary T. Settle, Virginia State Police superintendent. "Speed and alcohol were common factors in many of the holiday fatal crashes, which pushed us over 500 traffic deaths for the year so far. At what point have Virginians had enough of men, women, teens and children dying on our highways? All we ask is for Virginians to make responsible driving practices and habits an everyday priority. Please make that commitment today, so we can save more lives than lose them in these final months of 2019."

Motorcycles were involved in three of the nine fatal traffic crashes. Both of the Prince William County fatal crashes involved motorcycles, with one claiming the lives of the motorcycle's operator and passenger. The Franklin County crash also involved a motorcycle, with the operator and passenger being killed in the crash.

As a result of state police traffic safety enforcement efforts during the 2019 statistical counting period,

Virginia troopers:

  • Stopped 7,279 speeders
  • Stopped 2,283 reckless drivers
  • Arrested 76 drivers for DUI/DUID 
  • Cited 723 seat belt violations
  • Assisted 2,148 disabled/stranded motorists
     

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